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Gems from Pagliacci

February 16, 2010

The first piano-vocal edition of Pagliacci.

Victor Opera Company
Leoncavallo: Gems from

Recorded in 1913

Ruggero Leoncavallo, with moustache in the armed and ready position.

A project for the revitalization of opera as a popular art form: sing all operas in English and condense them to about four and a half minutes each. We who love opera would miss a lot, and the narrative would necessarily be a bit condensed; but the rest of the world would find a form of opera perfectly adapted to the twenty-first-century attention span.

This idea is not original or new; in fact the Victor Talking Machine Company came up with it about a century ago. Here is the world’s most famous sad-clown story, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, as recorded in 1913, sung in English and reduced to one side of a twelve-inch record.


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